NBA Free Agent Rumors: Julius Randle Agrees To Contract With Pelicans

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Rondo averaged 8.3 points and 8.2 assists in helping lead the Pelicans to the Western Conference semifinals last season. Randle's wife, Kendra, broke the news via Twitter.

Los Angeles drafted Randle with the seventh overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Sources told ESPN that Randle requested that the Lakers renounce him, sparing him what he believed would be a reduced role in a return to the team.

The Lakers came to an agreement with free-agent star LeBron James on Sunday and have been active in free agency, coming to terms with guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, center JaVale McGee and guard Lance Stephenson.

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Smith , LeBron has also been gauging the interest of reigning Finals MVP Kevin Durant . "Kevin Durant ain't coming to L.A. The King really could be heading to Los Angeles.

It's possible these signings, while head-scratching now, have a larger goal - future trade chips or cheap, available backup options when the Lakers make a big trade.

Hours after the Lakers rescinded their qualifying offer and made him an unrestricted free agent, Julius Randle is reportedly set to join the New Orleans Pelicans.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who first reported the deal, said that the Lakers landed Rondo by outbidding the New Orleans Pelicans, where the 32-year-old played last season. The free-agent class of 2019 is projected to be deeper and more talented than this one (Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson, Karl-Anthony Towns and possibly Kevin Durant if he opts out of his existing deal), with the exception of James, of course. Player option second year. The Lakers did not reach the playoffs during his four seasons. A LeBron-Boogie duo on the Lakers would surely be fun to watch. He's led the National Basketball Association in assists three times over his career, averaging north of 11 assists per game in those campaigns.

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